(Boats Chalice & Sickle - posted by Alan)
|"Sickle" (Retired) meets near cousin "Arcas" (still at work with CRT)|
|I chose this photo, as others showed me on my mobile phone!|
|"Sickle" follows "Chalice" into Cosgrove lock|
In fact by the time David, Cath and Odin had set off on "Chalice", I found "Sickle" was very firmly stuck on her home mooring. We have consistent trouble with there not really being enough water for her to float free, but today she was really stuck. By the time I had managed to free myself with no other assistance available, "Chalice" was a long way ahead, and I only ever caught distant glimpses of them all the way to Wolverton. This seems to dispel the myth that "Sickle" can be a lot faster than "Chalice", because I simply was never able to close the gap.
|The rural beauty of the canal in this area is often overlooked, I think.|
Cath met us about where we guessed she might. The towpath South of Stoke Bruerne through Yardley Gobion is not particularly good for cycling on, and it is not reasonable to expect to do it very fast.
At Stoke Bruerne we only worked up the bottom 5 locks, rather than to the top of the flight. "Sickle" would need to move up later, but "Chalice" would need to be left in the long pound, so this was a logical point to stop with both boats.
As is so often the case "The Boat", (jokingly called "our "local"), provided the meal and drinks again in the evening, with David and Cath playing Northamptonshire skittles, but my aim being poor enough that I sat most of it out.
Fenny Stratford to Stoke Bruerne Long Pound
Miles: 17.5 (Chalice), 17.5 (Sickle), Locks:6
Total Miles: 35.7, Locks: 8